1982, Janus Films, 188 min, Sweden, Dir: Ingmar Bergman

It’s Christmas at the mansion of the pleasure-loving Ekdahl family in 1907 - and Fanny (Pernilla Allwin) and Alexander (Bertil Guve) watch as their massive clan gathers for one of cinema’s greatest holiday celebrations, among its highlights their lovably rapscallion uncle Jarl Kulle. But after their theater-manager father dies and their actress mother (Ewa Froling) marries tombstone-faced Bishop Jan Malmsjo, the siblings’ world darkens radically to one of harsh family terrors. With sumptuous cinematography by Sven Nykvist. In Swedish with English subtitles.

1963, Warner Bros., 112 min, USA, Dir: Robert Wise

"Silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there, walked alone…" Paranormal researcher Richard Johnson leads a team of clairvoyants (Julie Harris, Claire Bloom) to determine if the notorious, bad karma-filled Hill House is truly haunted. What he doesn’t bargain for is intensely neurotic Harris developing an unhealthy sensitivity to the mansion’s evil-charged atmosphere. Based on Shirley Jackson’s novel The Haunting of Hill House, this is one of the all-time classics of the genre. In supernatural CinemaScope! With Russ Tamblyn.

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